Breast Cancer: Questions Before Any Treatment
You should never have any kind of cancer surgery without at least one second opinion on the biopsy. You can have a top cancer pathologist review your tissue slides for a cost of at most a few hundred dollars, and it might even be covered by your insurance.
Second, make sure the pathologist who interprets your specimen has enough experience. The College of American Pathologists now says 250 cases a year are the minimum for competence in this field, and it is starting a special certification program for breast cancer pathology.
Finally, fully explore your options and learn the statistics about how patients do with different types of treatment. The most aggressive care is not necessarily the best. You have to see more than one surgeon and potentially also a radiation oncologist to understand the big picture.
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